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River Cafe

4.8
4.8
8164 Reviews
$50 and over
American
The River Café is one of New York and America’s most unique locations. Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, this elegant restaurant has, since 1977, been a favorite destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world who demand the highest level of cuisine. Renowned for its exquisite setting, beautiful decor and seamless service The River Café serves a wonderful classic New American menu using only the finest, freshest and often rare ingredients. With an award winning and outstanding wine list, romantic piano music nightly, breathtaking floral arrangements, the River Café is more than simply dining, it is often a magical experience. Whether you are coming for dinner or a private party, be sure to leave some time to enjoy The River Café’s spectacular garden.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (718) 522-5200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Jacket Required

  • Executive chef

    Brad Steelman

  • Private party facilities

    The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.Inquiries about special events please contact privateevents@rivercafe.com

  • Private party contact

    Luke Vossen: (888) 338-3996

  • Neighborhood

    DUMBO / Vinegar Hill

  • Cross street

    Old Fulton St.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations. The River Café's cobblestone entrance is beautiful but sometimes challenging for people to navigate on foot. If you arrive by taxi, please insist your driver take you past the cobblestones, directly to the restaurant's front door roundabout.

  • Public transit

    A or C train to High Street 2 or 3 train to Clark Street F train to York Street Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West

  • Entertainment

    The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 8,164 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Brooklyn

    Best Service

  • Brooklyn

    Best Ambiance

  • Brooklyn

    Good for special occasions

  • Brooklyn

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was phenomenal from the food to the service to the ambiance. Highly recommend.
  2. JG

    JosephG

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This my 1st visit. But it won’t be my last. This place is beautiful, classy & gracious!!
  3. RB

    RickB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magical evening for our 40th anniversary. Met all expectations!!
  4. DD

    DeeDee

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was first rate. The only exception is the cost of the wines. We wanted one glass of a red wine in addition to a half bottle of white. The sommelier made excellent recommendations taste wise, but $30 for a 5 ounce pour of a California red blend was outrageous. And the half bottle of white was $110. Otherwise, the food, service, ambience were all excellent.
  5. MW

    MariaW

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you need a romantic date night, this place is PERFECT...The ambiance and walk thru to the entrance looks like an enchanted garden. I loved everything about this place.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner and surprise for my fiancé’s 30th birthday present
  7. OK

    OKLAHOMAN

    Oklahoma City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love to dine here whenever we are in NYC. Highly recommend.
  8. R

    Roxkei

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I felt it was over rated and definitely over price. The food was not what I would have expected for the price.
  9. R

    Robert

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience. The food and staff are excellent as always. The only caveat is its a little pricey.
  10. J

    Jose

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food (not excellent) Good service, but take a lot of time to bring the check. Nice ambiance, perfect acustc, traditional, semi-antique, not for young people… 50+ Excellent views!! So, 3 course meal for $195 + 18% + tax. a little expensive, sure charging for the views Was in my bucket list, checked !!
  11. S

    Steve

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, service and overall dining experience. This is the last frontier of dining out the way it was meant to be. Hoping this place never changes and look forward to being back soon.
  12. I

    Iryna

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding from start to finish of our evening. Perfect portions of the most delicious meals and great cocktails.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulousness!!! All around !!!
  14. LC

    LisaC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dining experience from the moment we stepped in to when we left. Thank you to all of the team at The River Cafe ❤️
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant in every aspect
  16. JN

    JanN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, Supreme service and brilliant food.
  17. Y

    Yolenny

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere and the staff was absolutely great.
  18. LS

    LuisS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service perfect. The quality of the food and ingredients astonishing, but I expected to feel experiences as in the appeteciers. The price is way higher than other Michelin star restaurants, according to the experience you get.
  19. RL

    RichardL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. The service was excellent to a person with each wanting you to have the best experience possible. Food was too class and complimented by the views. Loved every minute of it and would come back next time I am in town. Highly recommend.
  20. PC

    PeteC

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Great views back to Manhattan, a great menu with some tasty choices. The menu is detailed and a lot of options for people with alternative dietary requirements. The standout dish was the Duck! The wine list is very thorough and the half bottle options are of good quality. T The dress code for males is a little contradictory when I saw one woman in the restaurant in jeans and a hoodie. The dress standard should be enforced for all patrons. The restaurant is very tight. I feel with fine dining you’re paying for the luxury of space, but not in this case. They have SO many tables in the restaurant that you’re all literally on top of each other. Even the staff have to navigate the maze of tables. This was a real turn off as your conversations (and the noise) are all just integrated together. I had dined at Le Bernadin earlier in the week and it was calm, relaxing and quiet.
  21. J

    John

    Central Coast

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They execute perfectly. They don't miss anything. The smallest details are taken care of. The food is extraordinary. What can I say about the ambiance- incredible. The most perfect and exceptional dining experience in NY.
  22. V

    Vera

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inside and outside decor is festive, tasteful and elegant; the view is unmatched, and food is outstanding. The chef is an artist; all creations are a celebration of taste, visual presentation and creativity. Another impressive part of the experience is superb service: friendly, polite and well-mannered, just within respectful distance.
  23. RC

    RasmusC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect setting for a romantic dinner. Food astonishing. Classic French gourmet.
  24. P

    Pete

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The river cafe is an amazing place and the experience is wonderful. The food and the staff make you night so special
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    went for my sister’s bday, they don’t have tasting menu anymore because of kitchen staff shortage but had good chef’s appetizers. their appetizers were very good, amazing hot foie gras and shellfish, amazing branzino, generally their seafood are all exceptional but the beef was not impressive. dessert was also not that impressive, but the service was quite remarkable- we got sparkling water and there was never a time where any of our glasses were empty!
  26. MD

    MikeD

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Exceptional food and service and we just love looking across the water at the NYC skyline
  27. TD

    TerryD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great experience, good staff . Unique menu, we will definitely go back
  28. ES

    ElliotS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service , food ambiance we will be back , Is there boat dockage available for a 36 ft boat
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Great somm. Dane the waiter was FANTASTIC. Thanks to all of the staff
  30. ET

    ElizabethT

    Yorkshire

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was beyond delicious and the view was absolutely amazing! Really worth the visit for a special occasion if you love fine dining. Only one slight hiccup in that they charged one of our cards twice so we ended up paying a lot more for our meal than we should have… it was rectified but I had to call the restaurant and I didn’t get much of an apology the first time I spoke to someone. They did change when they called me back and were a little more apologetic but not really what you’d expect from a fine dining place and it did taint the meal slightly… BUT the service on the night was as amazing as the rest of it so hopefully a one off… just one to watch!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I went to River Cafe to celebrate my birthday. Having booked my table with more than 2 months in advance, I gotta admit I was a bit disappointed I wasn’t given a table by the window as requested. Leaving that aside, the service and food were outstanding, food is really delicious, although plates are really small and overall is quite overpriced for what you really get. In a nutshell, great place to go once in a lifetime. I don’t think I will go back again. It’s special only once.
  32. GP

    GillP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous eatery - top notch cuisine with a great atmosphere and views to match. Pricey but worth it. This was our second visit - we'll be back next time we holiday in NYC.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful venue, food and service. Amanda the sommelier recommended a fabulous wine.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent. From beginning to end the evening was perfect!
  35. G

    Gavinr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding, the wine prices are definitely higher than most restaurants I've ever been to... But the ambience, service and food was all outstanding. Not for the faint of heart though if you're looking for a bargain night out for dinner... Lol, dinner for two with a nice bottle of wine was over $1,000
  36. AC

    AnaC

    Key West

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the pleasures that we look forward to when going to NYC is dining at the River Cafe. it’s a ritual. Once again, it’s was a memorable experience. The sommelier introduced us to a fine Pinot noir and the entire staff was gracious and informative. This year we had a special request and the chef super ceded our expectations We are grateful for the special provisions the chef designed for one of my guest. And as usual the highlight of our trip did not disappoint, in fact, the entire staff out did themselves. Looking forward to our next visit. Thank you for your unsurpassed excellence.
  37. KT

    KatharineT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    The food is not worth the price and we were super disappointed with the service. Our waiter was not 5 star by any means, he was super casual seemed to not care about us at all, very lackadaisical. We get better quality service and personality and appreciation at our local diner. For two people to have a $600 meal we expect everything to be superb and above and beyond. From the coat check, to maitre d to our waiter it was extremely disappointing and not the experience we were hoping for.
  38. WH

    WilliamH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    River Cafe is outrageously high priced and I would not recommend it
  39. G

    Gigi

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great for a special occasion! Iconic views of New York City!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very romantic dining experience. My husband and I came here for our first wedding anniversary and it was one of the best dinner we had. Service, ambience and food were all beyond amazing. Definitely worth it!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

River Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 8164 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today
Google Map for River Cafe

1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Fulton St.

  • Neighborhood

    DUMBO / Vinegar Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Jacket Required

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is always available to guests with reservations. The River Café's cobblestone entrance is beautiful but sometimes challenging for people to navigate on foot. If you arrive by taxi, please insist your driver take you past the cobblestones, directly to the restaurant's front door roundabout.

  • Public transit

    A or C train to High Street 2 or 3 train to Clark Street F train to York Street Bus #B25 to Old Fulton St./Cadman Plaza West

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brad Steelman

  • Entertainment

    The River Cafe features live piano nightly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (718) 522-5200

  • Private party facilities

    The Terrace Room at The River Café is uniquely capable of offering your guests an unsurpassed setting for private dining with spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.Inquiries about special events please contact privateevents@rivercafe.com

  • Private party contact

    Luke Vossen: (888) 338-3996

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